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Kristen Stewart & Julianne Moore Team For 'Still Alice,' Seth Rogen's 'Sausage Party' Gets Voice Cast & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 29, 2014 10:21 AM
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Still Alice Kristen Stewart Julianne Moore
Riding high from the Sundance Film Festival off strong notices for her performance in "Camp X-Ray," Kristen Stewart isn't wasting a moment. The actress has lined up a new project, one that will see her working alongside a pretty solid cast of players.

Review: 'Homefront' Starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Kate Bosworth And Winona Ryder

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 26, 2013 10:07 AM
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The craft of the B-picture has been lost. It’s been lost in a sea of audiences trained by awards shows and armchair critics to thumb their nose at straight action films, the kind of entertainment that used to be the audience’s bread-and-butter. It used to mean that you threw cash at the screen to make an action film in order to simulate larger-than-life actors going at each other in exotic locales. Computers changed all that, and altered audience’s expectations: the old magic just wouldn’t stand anymore, and action films needed to be buoyed by ridiculous computer effects (the ones that turned Tobey Maguire and Matt Damon into Schwarzenegger and Stallone) in order to create that enhanced un-reality. Simply kicking a guy in the head was no longer enough, despite the wonderful talent and inventiveness of some of the kickers, like Wesley Snipes, Jackie Chan or any of the slew of analog action heroes who have suffered in the digital age.

Kit Harington Starring In Big Screen Version Of BBC Show 'Spooks,' Domhnall Gleeson Goes To 'Brooklyn' & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • November 8, 2013 9:17 AM
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Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”) and Jennifer Ehle (“Zero Dark Thirty”) have both signed on to star in “Spooks: The Greater Good,” a big-screen adaptation of the BBC TV spy drama “Spooks.” The film will be helmed by Bharat Nalluri, who directed multiple episodes of the British series, and Peter Firth will reprise his role as Harry Pearce from the show.

Review: 'Big Sur' A Beautifully, Anti-Romantic Look At The Beat Generation

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2013 12:01 PM
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Whether audiences have wanted it or not, the Beat Generation has come storming back to the movies in the past year. Though focusing on different portions of their lives, both "On the Road" and "Kill Your Darlings" reveled in the freedom of jazz, the heady highs of drugs and the pursuit of pure experience this band of writers strove for. The films embraced the myth of its subjects, detailing the incidents, pains and pleasures that turned them into a force that would define an era. But what happens when those dreams of a transformed America don't pan out? What are you left with when the poetry on the page cannot overcome your own uncertainty? These are questions that face Jack Kerouac in Michael Polish's adaptation of "Big Sur," a film about the Beats that refuses nostalgia and easy answers, and is a much more fascinating, satisfying picture than its competition as a result.

Watch: Trailer & New Pics For Latest Beat Generation Movie 'Big Sur'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2013 12:50 PM
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Has the landrush to make movies based on the Beat Generation actually amount to anything? Last year, Walter Salles' star-laden "On The Road" barely made a dent, while the forthcoming "Kill Your Darlings" boasting an equally compelling ensemble — Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen, Ben Foster, David Cross, Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Jason Leigh — certainly can't do worse. But whether or not it takes off, enthusiasts of the Beats will keep having more movies to choose from as "Big Sur" is also the way.

Watch: It's Statham Vs. Franco In First Trailer For 'Homefront' Written & Produced By Sylvester Stallone

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 12, 2013 1:48 PM
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Homefront
James Franco has done many, many things in his career as an artist/writer/actor/director, but he's yet to cross action movie villain off his list. Well, until now. Finally, the definitive answer who is tougher—Franco or Jason Statham—will be answered in "Homefront," which boasts Sylvester Stallone as both writer and producer. You've been warned.

Review: 'And While We Were Here' Delivers The Sensuality Of The Sun-Kissed Shores Of Naples

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 11, 2013 7:06 PM
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Harkening back to Italian neo-realism, the romance of Naples is alive in "And While We Were Here," the latest film from writer-director Kat Coiro. Considerably more watchable than her pratfall-driven debut "L!fe Happens," the picture is significantly more sober-minded, concerning the marriage of pretty blonde Jane (Kate Bosworth) and taciturn, mature Leonard (Iddo Goldberg). They arrive in the city and, almost as if by protocol, consume each other in bed. As she retreats to the lavatory, she gazes in the mirror and wraps her arm around her stomach mournfully. It's not hard to see that, while young, Jane has lost something.

Watch: Trailer For 'And While We Were Here' Starring Kate Bosworth, Now Presented In Color Plus 20 Pics From The Film

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • August 6, 2013 12:20 PM
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Director Kat Coiro is on a role when it comes to directing feature films. Her latest offering, “And While We Were Here” hit the festival circuit in 2012, and since then Coiro’s completed two additional features (“Departure Date” and “A Case of You“). And the trailer for "And While We Were Here" has landed with some interesting changes since we first saw it.

Review: 'Black Rock' A Back-To-The-Wilds Slasher With Brains & Bonding To Go With The Blood

  • By James Rocchi
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  • May 14, 2013 5:10 PM
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Black Rock, Katie Aselton, Lake Bell, Kate Bosworth
There is, ultimately, something to be said for the pleasures of a simple, sleek and well-shot run-or-kill-or-die thriller. The sort of film where the heroes are trapped in the middle of nowhere and find themselves threatened by hostile locals, and must then strike back to survive. That's what "Black Rock," the second directorial effort from Katie Aselton, is at heart, no more, no less. If you're hoping for a transcendent reinvention of the form, keep moving. If you're looking for a film like Aselton's erotic, neurotic and superbly acted "The Freebie," pass along. If you're looking for a well-executed example of a sub-genre with a Y-chromosome inflected plot and script, not as good as "Deliverance," but far better than a host of similarly-constructed films with bigger budgets and smaller IQs, you'll probably appreciate what "Black Rock" offers.

Review: 'Little Birds' Has All The Insight Of An After-School Special

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 29, 2012 6:29 PM
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There's a misconception about some films that utilize a specific location by gussying it up to be a paradise on camera. Often, the results are "Little Birds," which was shot on location at the Salton Sea of California, a formative place for impetuous Lily (Juno Temple) and Alison (Kay Panabaker). The two teenage girls, both the result of trailer park lifestyles, spend their days visiting the saltine beach, admiring the view and dreaming of boys, handsome dark types who will whisk them away to what can be considered the "big city." They appreciate the picturesque landscape, as does the camera. Does the filmmaker?

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